What are the best tires for Indiana?

By: Discount Tire


Discount Tire locations in Indiana: 29 (and counting)

First Indiana location opening year: 1980

Common vehicles: Pickup trucks, SUVs, CUVs, commuter cars, Indy Cars

Major regions: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Gary, Evansville, Carmel, Tierre Haute

Road conditions: Heavy snow, rain, summer humidity

Indiana is known for a lot of things. The Indianapolis 500. Hoosier Basketball. The Fighting Irish. Stranger Things. But from its Great Lakes regions down into the interior of the midwest, you might be wondering: what are the best tires for Indiana?

Whether you’re in (or around) Indianapolis or one of Indiana’s college towns, you can expect winter driving conditions to become a sudden and prolonged reality when the temperatures drop. However, that doesn’t narrow your options when it’s time for new tires!

Best Car Tires for Indiana

If you commute in or into Marion County, you’re probably on the lookout for the right kind of tires to get you through another couple years and don’t want the hassle of having to deal with winter tire changeovers. 

While INDOT does a good job of keeping the roads clear when the snow starts to stick, that doesn’t necessarily mean a set of all-season tires are going to work for everyone. (Although we do have some recommendations that are better than the rest come wintertime.)

So at the end of the day, do you need snow tires in Indiana

It doesn’t really matter whether your vehicle is AWD or 4WD: if your priority is safety, the answer is yes.

If you have the space to swap your tires out every season, you can even build a winter tire and wheel package for the best traction possible in Indiana’s winter while protecting your wheels from road salt and chemicals. 

Rain, sleet, slush, snow, ice, you name it, check out our shortlist of the best winter tires that will make winter commuting in Indiana a piece of cake

All-weather tires like the BFGoodrich Advantage T/A Sport are also great if you don’t want to give up cold-weather confidence and convenience.

And don’t forget: we sell tire chains and tire chain tensioners!

Best Truck/SUV for Indiana

If you’re a Hoosier with a truck or SUV, your tire options are pretty wide open.

If you do a lot of camping or like to off-road in Indiana, a set of all-terrains will probably do it for you. There are a number of great options depending on how intense you want to get, and a growing number have the coveted 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake-certification (meaning they exceed the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association requirements for severe snow traction).

But if you use your truck exclusively on pavement, a set of highway truck tires are perfect for hauling, towing, as well as loading the family up or any other type of routine driving. And if worst comes to worst, you can always throw on tire chains and tire chain tensioners!

When to put on Snow Tires in Indiana

If there’s one thing that’s true of buying tires in parts of the U.S. that get heavy snow, it’s that even the most expensive, highest-rated all-season is no match for the least-expensive snow tire. 

If you live in Indiana and are wondering when to put snow tires on your vehicle, the answer is the first week temperatures are projected to dip below 45-degrees.

From the standpoint of saving time and money on repairs, switching over between your winter and your other set of tires is a no-brainer when it comes to shopping for tires in any region of Indiana.

And for those of you who want to upgrade to aftermarket wheels, we have the best selection at prices that are unbeatable anywhere in the Hoosier State.

In the meantime, find your closest Discount Tire in Indiana—we’ll get all of your tire and wheel needs taken care of!